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    Question How do you measure your hair?

    I always go by the length of my dry, untouched hair, but I've noticed that some people, actually A LOT, measure their hair stretched out. Is there a correct way? it doesn't make sense to me to measure it stretched because I'm not going to be walking around stretching my hair all the time
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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    But by measuring your hair you want to know how much it has grown. And you want a value that isn't influenced by humidity and the condition of your hair. Even if it doesn't describe the REAL length of your hair.

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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I stretch mine, because my waves/curls aren't the same two days in a row, and if I want accuracy, then I want it straight. It's to measure growth, not the actual length of your hair, and that seems the most logical way to me.
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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I also measure with it pulled straight, as since I'm 2a/b my hair is very easily manipulated, just combing will stretch out the wave so much and I do wear it like that sometimes if it's down so I like to get an accurate measure of the actual length of my hair, not just how it appears
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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I also measure unstretched, but that's because I'm not tracking my growth so much as checking to see what I should put as my current length on LHC. I wouldn't say my hair is hip if it were only hip when wet, so I won't put down a number if my hair isn't there in its natural state. That being said, when people want to measure for monthly growth, it makes a lot more sense to do it stretched since that's more consistent, especially for curly/wavy haired people.
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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I don't think it is ever going to be perfectly consistent across the board. To me, it seems like the most important thing is that however you choose to measure, you do it the same way each time. So if one person stretches, another measures wet, and another measures dry without stretching... that is less important than each person doing it the same way each time she does it.

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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I believe you either measure by exact numerical value, or you measure by description ie waist length, tailbone etc.
    So if going by the stretched out/uncurled value doesn't suit you, just grow by name point! Some of us like to go by number because thats how our brains keep focused on the goal :P

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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I pull mine straight to measure my perm I'm growing out curls more some days then others I also take natural pictures of it non stretched.

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    Default Re: How do you measure your hair?

    I suppose for accuracy it is better stretched out, but I have 2c hair and even if it stretches out to classic when pulled, I would never label my length as classic because it's not at classic when dry and untouched.
    And like auburntressed said, as long as you measure the same way each time, you can still see the progress.
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    The proper way that Guinness and George Michael, long hair enthusiast suggests (by the way, Mr. G.M. is now deceased...) is to measure hair dry. Place the beginning of the tape measure at the front of the hairline, draw the tape measure over the head and down the back length all the way to the end. If you're curly, stretch it out, and that is your measurement. It's best to do this with the help of another person.

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